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Global Health Initiative Welcomes a Tanzanian Visitor

The Dartmouth community recently welcomed Dr. Alli Mcharazo, the senior librarian at Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences and the chairman of the Tanzanian Library Association. Mcharazo visited for two weeks in early December, and he met with a variety of people on campus as part of Dartmouth's Global Health Initiative, which is led by Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) and the Dickey Center.

Stephen Spielberg and Ali Mcharazo
Stephen Spielberg (left), dean of Dartmouth Medical School, and Dr. Alli Mcharazo, senior librarian at Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences and the chairman of the Tanzanian Library Association. Mcharazo spent two weeks at Dartmouth in December through Dartmouth's Global Health Initiative. (Photo by Joseph Mehling '69)

Mcharazo was particularly interested in Dartmouth's comprehensive library offerings, and he met with numerous representatives from Dartmouth's two biomedical libraries, the Dana Biomedical Library (on the Dartmouth campus) and the Matthews-Fuller Health Sciences Library (at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center). He also met with people involved with Web site operations, fundraising initiatives, continuing education efforts, and engineering experts about a project now underway to deliver reliable and consistent electric power to the Tanzanian university. He also visited libraries at the University of Vermont and at Harvard University.

"I had met Dr. Mcharazo and learned much from him on one of my visits to Dar es Salaam," says Richard Waddell, a research assistant professor of medicine at DMS who helped orchestrate the visit. "I'm so glad we could return the favor by arranging for him to come to Dartmouth and meet with some people on our campus."

Dartmouth's Global Health Initiative includes the creation of an extended global health program in Tanzania, engaging campus and community members in a discussion of global health issues, and a curricular component, which will include developing new courses in global health for undergraduates. In addition to the Dickey Center and DMS, it also involves faculty from arts and sciences, the Tuck School, and the Thayer School of Engineering.

The GHI is a multidisciplinary program that builds on the College's ongoing DARDAR (Dartmouth College/University of Dar es Salaam) project. Conducted by Ford von Reyn, DMS Head of Infectious Diseases with Kisali Palangyo, Principal of the Muhimbili University College of Health and Sciences (MUCHS) in Tanzania, the initiatives comprising DARDAR include a clinic for children with HIV/AIDS, a trial of a vaccine for tuberculosis associated with HIV/AIDS and a five-year Fogarty Foundation training grant for researchers in Tanzania.

By SUSAN KNAPP

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Last Updated: 12/17/08